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The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum Hardcover – February 12, 2008
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The title may be rather unwieldy but it’s certainly accurate. Inside a large snow globe, inside a toy museum, is a castle, and children who press their faces against the glass can spot a tiny girl in the tower. The castle is lovely, and the girl has her own toys inside, but she’s lonely when the children leave. Her dreams take her to visit a boy in the deep woods or in search of a friend waiting to play: Sometimes she even dreams about you. The story, which on its own seems thin and even odd, is elevated by the breathtaking illustrations executed in acrylic, featuring clay models that give the artwork depth and weight. Digital nhancements provide the pictures with an airbrushed smoothness that is expecially effective in the close-ups of the children, and the use of unusual perspectives adds to the feelings of mystery and longing in the book. Enticed by the art to enter this dreamy world, children will contemplate the nature of reality evoked by the girl’s life. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 4, 2008:
"Young fans of fantasy will be spell-bound."
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and how she dreams
I like how if you have the book you can put your picture in.